— October 2004 —

Conveners —
Dr. Stephen Mackwell,
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Dr. Eileen Stansbery,
NASA Johnson Space Center

Sponsored by —
National Aeronautics and Space Administration,
Lunar and Planetary Institute,
NASA Johnson Space Center


  We are pleased to announce plans for the 36th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, to be held at the South Shore Resort and Conference Center in League City, Texas, March 14–18, 2005. This conference brings together international specialists in petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, geology, and astronomy to present the latest results of research in planetary science.

  You are encouraged to submit ideas and suggestions for plenary or special sessions to Mary Cloud ( by October 15, 2004, so they can be considered, planned, and publicized. Organizers of these sessions should be prepared to serve on the program committee, or to have a fully empowered delegate serve on the program committee, if requested by the conference chairs. Authors of invited talks for special sessions must meet the same deadline for abstracts as authors of contributed papers (see below). Organizers who wish to have invited talks represented in the conference abstract volume should make the invited speakers aware of the deadline restrictions when inviting their presentation.

  Participants may indicate a preference for oral, poster, or print-only presentation. The program committee will make all decisions on the mode of presentation to ensure a balance of as many important new research results as possible. Selection criteria will be based on the relevance of the subject matter to the conference and the quality of the science. The five-day conference will be organized by topical symposia and problem-oriented sessions.

  To allow sufficient time and personnel to prepare for the program committee meeting, there will be TWO separate deadlines for electronic submission of abstracts. The deadline for electronic submission of abstracts in PDF format will be 5:00 p.m. U.S. Central Standard Time (CST) Tuesday, January 11, 2005. Authors who are unable to produce PDF files must submit their abstracts electronically by 5:00 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, January 4, 2005.

Authors who are unable to submit electronically will have to request special instructions (phone:  281-486-2142; fax:  281-486-2125; e-mail: Hard-copy submissions will be due at the LPI no later than January 4, 2005.

Non-PDF submissions or hard-copy submissions that arrive after January 4, 2005, will not be considered for the conference.

Detailed information regarding abstract preparation and submission will be included in the second announcement, to be posted on this Web site by the end of November.

  There will be a limit of TWO abstracts per first author for oral or poster presentation requests. If you submit two abstracts, you will be asked to rank them in order of preference.

As has been the rule in recent years, print-only abstracts will be allowed, but ONLY from those authors who are NOT submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. In other words, if you're requesting a print-only abstract, you cannot submit an abstract for any other type of presentation. Authors are limited to ONE print-only request.

The program committee will strictly enforce the above policies. Abstracts submitted in violation of these policies will be rejected. The only exception will be for those who are invited to give a talk at a special session (e.g., the Masursky Lecture, or a special topical session). Those abstracts will not be counted against authors as one of the two abstracts they are allowed to submit.

  More detailed information will be available in future announcements posted on this Web site (see schedule below). To be added to the mailing list to receive electronic reminders or special announcements via e-mail, please submit the electronic Indication of Interest form by November 5, 2005. (You must provide a valid e-mail address.)

  For further information regarding conference logistics, contact
Mary Cloud
phone:  281-486-2143;
fax:  281-486-2125;

October 15, 2004Deadline for suggestions for special sessions
November 5, 2005 Deadline for submitting an electronic
Indication of Interest form
November 30, 2004 Second announcement posted on this Web site
TUESDAY, January 4, 2005,
5:00 p.m. (CST)
Deadline for hard-copy submission and
non-PDF electronic abstract submissions
TUESDAY, January 11, 2005,
5:00 p.m. (CST)
Deadline for electronic abstract
submissions in PDF format
February 4, 2005Final announcement with program
and abstracts posted on this Web site
February 11, 2005Pre-registration deadline at reduced rate
March 14–18, 200536th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference

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